Looking For A High-Tech Job?
If you want a job — a good job, a job that will be around for a while and pays well — find a company that creates some new product or service that nobody else has. That doesn’t just mean computer companies in Silicon Valley, or biotech in Boston. One of our biggest surprises is that high-tech innovation exists in all sorts of old industries, in places you’d never suspect.
2011 is the year of director Paul Feig (Freaks...
O, Say It Ain’t So
More anticipated than the end of the world that was supposed to happen 6pm last Saturday is the end of the Oprah Show that’s actually going to happen 3pm Wednesday. So in honor of Queen Oprah’s farewell episode, I thought I’d take this opportunity to finally put in writing the disappointment I secretly harbored since Forbesannounced Lady Gaga as the #1 Most Influential Celebrity, trumping Oprah...
It’s a stylish, durable and downright pocketable 360º (panoramic) lens attachment and app for the iPhone 4. What does it do? Dot lets your iPhone capture immersive, fully navigable, panoramic video in real-time - and share with friends on your phone, as well as on Facebook and Twitter, or streamed online using our awesome panoramic video web platform and player. (via Dot: 360º video capture for...
Advice for Young Journalists in the Digital Age
As someone who frequently warns about the perils of small sample sizes, I’ve long been reluctant to make too much of my personal path within the media industry. Too often, the advice that one professional gives to another is based too much on idiosyncratic personal experience and boils down to “The way I do things is exactly right, and everyone else is wrong.” That said, the students seemed to...
Wi-Fi-Connected Lightbulbs, Coming To Smart Homes...
Greenchip uses 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi signals (over an 802.15.4 short range wireless protocol that won’t compete with your normal home 802.11 g/n computer network). They use the new Ipv6 protocol too, so there’s no worries that your lightbulbs will use up all the world’s available Internet addresses. Plus, the JenNetIP system that NXP’s built to let your computers...
3 Ways to Help Your Company Shift Courses
A sudden shift in strategic direction can transform a mediocre business idea into a winning one. This kind of pivot may be obvious in hindsight, but re-evaluating your strategy when you’re deep in it isn’t an easy task. Here are three ways to prime your organization for the shift you may need to make: 1. Keep an idea compost pile. When ideas fail and customers aren’t happy,...
Welcome to the endless high-school Reunion. Welcome to past friends And...– Sherman Alexie - “The Facebook Sonnet” in The New Yorker
This American Life 434: This Week
This week we’re trying something we’ve never tried before: An hour of stories about…this week. We take a crack at major news events, like what’s happening in Egypt; and at the most minor, like an 8-year-old who’s finally taking the training wheels off her bike. The stories are united by one thing: They all happened in the seven days prior to broadcast.
politiku asked: Are you the same group performing at MOCA tonight?
When you think about ecommerce, you think about Amazon. But how did a company that started with online books come to dominate an estimated one third of ecommerce in the U.S.? In the 72 slides above, global consulting boutique faberNovel breaks down Amazon’s business and strategy. The keys to Amazon’s success are 1) the Internet imposes no limits on how much Amazon can sell; 2) its control of...
What the iPhone did for Verizon
Hard work vs. Long work
Long work is what the lawyer who bills 14 hours a day filling in forms does. Hard work is what the insightful litigator does when she synthesizes four disparate ideas and comes up with an argument that wins the case—in less than five minutes. Long work has a storied history. Farmers, hunters, factory workers… Always there was long work required to succeed. For generations, there ...
Reclaiming the Star System
I stumbled across a great video of Neal Brennan taking about his meeting President Obama at this year’s WHCD. It was on a site I’d never heard of called “WhoSay.” WTF is WhoSay? Turns out that the site is an invite-only portal for celebrities wanting to legitimize their social media content. It’s currently in beta. Initial thoughts: “Great another website trying to reinvent the...
Fail often, fail well
There are good reasons for the failure fashion. Success and failure are not polar opposites: you often need to endure the second to enjoy the first. Failure can indeed be a better teacher than success. It can also be a sign of creativity. The best way to avoid short-term failure is to keep churning out the same old products, though in the long term this may spell your doom. Businesses cannot...
Cheesecake Factory's winning formula
FORTUNE — Cheesecake Factory Founder David Overton tells how he turned his parents’ business into a billion-dollar restaurant chain. My Advice Focus on people “You have to devote resources to training, from the cooks to customer service. In this business, it’s all location, location, location. But once you grow, it’s all people, people, people.” Let some...
Ideas that are free spread faster…ideas that spread, win. PressPausePlay - Animated Content (by Stuart Langfield)
They all doubt you...
Poor build, very skinny and narrow, lacks mobility and the ability to avoid the rush, lacks a really strong arm. -2000 Draft Scouting Report for Tom Brady Undervalued, but I think he’s gone on to do “okay” for himself. They’ll never be able to quantify tenacity.